Cost of college

How Much Does College Cost?

College costs are more than just the tuition.

Your college will calculate the costs and call this Cost of Attendance (COA). This is not a bill, so don't be discouraged. It's an estimate of what it will cost to attend that school. And it has not calculated any of your financial aid, grants or scholarships.

Here's what makes up Cost of Attendance:

  • Tuition and fees
  • Books and supplies
  • Room and board
  • Transportation
  • Personal expense

Tips to lowering your Cost of Attendance

  • If you have a meal plan, use it! Don't buy take out food instead. That's like paying for the same meal twice.
  • Buy used books.
  • Keep your books in good condition and sell them back at the end of class.
  • Use public transportation, walk, bike or car pool instead of maintaining and insuring a vehicle.
  • Carry your student ID card. Many local businesses will give college students discounts.
  • Make your own coffee and carry a reusable water bottle instead of buying water. Just $3 a day x 365 days in a year adds up to over $1,000 for daily drinks!
  • Skip the trendy school break vacations. Instead, volunteer for a worthy cause — a great resume builder and personally rewarding, too.

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